Quick Look Back @ Louisville vs. Bellarmine

An overview. One main observation for each team.

Without Peyton Siva, U of L is at best a slightly better than average club. Nothing more. If the multitude of injuries continue — and there’s no reason to believe they won’t — last season’s magic will be just that. Ancient hiistory, fodder for my alter ego’s History Warp feature at culturemaven.com.

Bellarmine’s perfromances in losses to U of L and at Duke and Xavier prove it will again be a force to be reckoned with in Division II. Given the right conference affiliation in Division I, the Knights would be a legit NCAA contender.

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If Gorgui Dieng gets in foul trouble, Louisville becomes nothing more than mediocre.

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This was an exhibition game. So, riddle me this. How come you don’t give Zach Price and Angel Nunez some PT to see how they do fare against a smaller lineup that runs its sets to perfection?

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Former future U of L Cardinal Richie Phares now toils for the Knights. In fact the kid is a perfect paradigm for Pitino Era Louisville hoops. He was a walk on. He was injured during his entire tenure at U of L. The Rick cut him loose when it was obvious Phares wouldn’t be of help.

Against the Cards, Phares was zeros across in the first half. In the second, he showed a couple of nifty moves that indicate he’ll be a help to Scotty Davenport along the way.

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There’s a new Bellarmine Knight mascot this season, a vast improvement over Sir’s predecessor. U of L now has two Cardinal mascots — of course, mo’ mo’ mo’ is always better, right? The old school Cardinal. And a Zooper Starish bouncing Cardinal.

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A shout out to Nate Johnson, back to a Cards game for the first time since his eligibility ran out, and introduced to the crowd. If nothing else, Johnson holds the distinction of being Louisville’s “stonedest” baller of all time. Most every game out, he’d dribble the first few off his knee or foot, but would settle down — at least most of the time — when the herb wore off.

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U of L could do a loss worse than having Russ Smith turn into Vinnie Johnson. Or Preston Knowles.

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Gucci shoes? Ostrich Gucci shoes?

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His game is flawed. There are times when his movements and instincts are less than fluid. But, mark my words, Jared Swopshire is going to be a bigger contributor to this year’s team than expected. He will win a game or two for the Cards. (He may also blow one along the way also.)

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I’d love to continue this blog. But I just suffered a concussion when I hit the Shift key too hard. I’ve been placed on Injured Reserve. Hopefully I’ll be available for Louisville’ opening tilt Friday night.

– Seedy K


  1. fred
    Posted November 6, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    We’ll, don’t go near the UL training staff. You might not be back til after the first of the year.

    I left the Bellarmine game a bit early and was heading to the stairs when I could hear Nate being introduced. A kid of about 25 who was walking next to me with this girl, said, “Who the hell is that?”

  2. Ernie Muppet
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, as always, for giving some “virtual ink” to Bellarmine. While they still weren’t in sync that night (no Knight other than Kendle really played very well), BU certainly came together in almost knocking off Xavier.

    Here’s hoping another banner gets raised in Knights Hall and that you have a quick recovery!

  3. Fan
    Posted November 15, 2011 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Phares was not injured at U of L, he was hurt while in high school, after U of L offered him a position. Pitino still honored his offer and spend a tremendous amount of time, money, and effort helping him rehab. Pitino/U of L is a first class program.

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